Alameda

Photo by Janice Worthen.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

The Alameda Food Bank needs to collect 1,000 turkeys for needy Island families by the end of the day Monday. Here’s who you can help.

Schools officials have set up a procedure for commercial property owners to obtain partial refunds on the Measure H parcel tax.

The district has posted an application on its website for commercial property owners seeking refunds for taxes paid in late 2010 and 2011. The deadline for property owners seeking refunds for taxes paid in December 2010 is this coming December 15.

The final deadline for requesting a refund is April 15, 2015.

Photo from the Alameda Food Bank website.

The Alameda Food Bank needs a few hundred more turkeys to reach its goal of collecting 1,000 turkeys to fill the holiday tables of needy Island families. As of Friday morning the food bank had collected 679 turkeys, executive director Troy Gilbert said. They've got until 5 p.m. Monday to meet their goal.

The food bank is at 1900 Thau Way (Constitution at Atlantic Avenue), and it's open and accepting your contributions until 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. More information about the holiday turkey drive is available on the food bank's website.

The mural gracing Island Auto Sales. Photo by Janice Worthen.

November 29 is national Small Business Saturday, a day to shop local and express gratitude for the small businesses that add character and variety to our lives. Almost every person I have interviewed has told me Alameda is charming, and I think the businesses one finds here are a large contributor to that charm. What better way to give thanks for this beautiful Island life than to keep one’s money in Alameda, not only for the holidays but year round?

Despite what you may hear, most landlords are not raising rents by double digits, several landlords said Wednesday night.

The City Council voted Wednesday to approve an exclusive agreement with Alameda Point Partners to negotiate a deal to develop a 68-acre waterfront town center at the former Naval Air Station, despite opposition from residents who think the lame duck council should wait and let the new council decide.

“This is a tough decision. But stalling is not the answer to a tough decision,” Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft said.

Alameda’s Board of Education said goodbye to a pair of exiting trustees Tuesday – and got the rundown on the big business the new board will embark on next year.

The Alameda Food Bank needs your help putting holiday meals on the tables of 1,000 Alameda families.

The food bank kicked off a turkey drive on October 27, with a goal of collecting 1,000 turkeys for needy Alameda families. But as of Friday, the food bank had collected just 50 frozen turkeys. They’ve got just one more week to meet their goal.

“I'm looking forward to receiving the many turkeys we are generously gifted every year from Alamedans,” food bank director Troy Gilbert said. “Although it has been a little slow so far this year, Alamedans always rise to the occasion for us.”

Video courtesy of the Alameda Education Foundation.

More than 2,700 Alameda school students learned how to make music with a leaf, a box of pasta and other common objects during a pair of October 24 concerts given by the Oakland East Bay Symphony at Kofman Auditorium. Symphony musicians, under the direction of Michael Morgan, played a series of classical pieces using toy instruments, spoons and macaroni and cheese. Many of the students brought their own, home-made instruments to the performance so they could play along.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here’s what happened this week.